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Obama directs federal agencies to compile contractor “Do Not Pay List”

June 22nd, 2010

President Obama directed federal agencies to set up a “Do Not Pay List” to prevent individuals and contractors from receiving improper government payments. Vice President Joe Biden, at a White House event, said the presidential memorandum would require agencies to review current pre-payment procedures and all available databases before releasing federal funds. “We are making [Read more...]

Experts discuss how to tailor health care benefits to your employees

June 21st, 2010

In today’s challenging fiscal environment, firms that sponsor health care benefits are looking for benefit solutions to help them do more with less. Such solutions might involve closer scrutiny of health plan data or the creation of new partnerships with coalitions, brokers, plan managers, and employees. Large and small employers alike use strategies like these. [Read more...]

Secretary Clinton’s comment that the DOJ will file suit challenging Arizona’s immigration law angers Governor Brewer, but is it true?

June 21st, 2010

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) was “stunned and angered” to learn during an Ecuadorian television interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the Obama administration has decided to file suit against the state challenging the legality of Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law (S.B. 1070). In the June 8 interview that began circulating Thursday in [Read more...]

Working dads feeling the pressure brought on by tough economic conditions, annual Father’s Day survey finds

June 18th, 2010

The struggling economy is causing many working dads to experience heavier workloads, added stress and less time spent with their families. One-in-ten working dads said their spouse or significant other has become unemployed in the last 12 months, with half indicating that it is causing stress at home. Forty-two percent of working dads said they [Read more...]

Report highlights issues facing farm labor, and the need for more DOL enforcement measures

June 18th, 2010

A recent report by Farmworker Justice and Oxfam America, “Weeding out abuses: Recommendations for a law-abiding farm labor system,” highlights the unsafe and unsanitary working conditions and wage issues facing today’s farm labor workers. The report found that “farmworkers receive low wages, rarely receive benefits, in many states are denied workers’ compensation when injured on [Read more...]